Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD during the launch of the COVID Tracker App (Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Revealing details of a new colour-coded plan out of lockdown, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has also noted that the coronavirus could be with us for “nine months to two years”.

And due to this he said that it was time for a new way to bring the country through the Covid-19 crisis over the coming months. The new colour-coded plan will involve Ireland moving through phases based on traffic light colours – red, orange, yellow, and blue.
Green is not being used due to concerns people would become too complacent if they got the “green light”.

It has been likened to the Met Eireann weather warning system that many people are already used to, and the Minister for Health said most of the country is currently at yellow.

He added: “The colour-coded warning system will be able to say where we are at on any particular day.” Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: “I am not concerned about the response and the resilience of the Irish people. The response so far has been spectacular.”

The new plan from Mr Donnelly indicates an acceptance from the Minister that the virus isn’t going away anytime soon and that a different approach to the phased roadmap out of lockdown was needed.